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The Fuqua Entrepreneurial Leaders Network (ELN) is a select group of Duke alumni and current students in their final year who are committed to founding or leading an innovation-drive startup.

ELN Fellows see the potential of science and technology to positively impact society and have the bold spirit needed to start and scale organizations that can enable that potential to be realized.  These dedicated entrepreneurs will positively impact the communities in which they operate by creating economic value and jobs, delivering solutions to large-scale problems, and building durable new ventures.

Applications for the 2023 cohort will open in Fall 2022.

Benefits of being selected to join the ELN:

Bespoke “apprenticeship” opportunity with a startup CEO

On-going access to emerging opportunities coming out of Duke Office of Licensing and Venturing (OLV), Pratt School of Engineering, and Triangle-area growth-stage ventures.

Access to a life-long virtual network of alumni that share your passion for innovation-driven entrepreneurship for sharing, mentorship, and connection to resources.


MBAs (Daytime, Weekend, and Global), Law School students, and STEM Graduate students graduating within 12 months.

Have clearly demonstrated your commitment to innovation-driven entrepreneurship during their time at Duke taking courses like New Ventures Fellows, New Ventures Development, Duke Angel Network Associates, Design Health, New Ventures Clinic: Healthcare, and Duke Startup Venture Clinic and participated in entrepreneurship- and innovation-centered co-curricular activities such as EVCC, Student Founders Program, etc.

Willing to be flexible in creating a bespoke “apprenticeship” opportunity with a startup CEO (in collaboration with I&E).

Preferred: a technical background that aligns with your area of entrepreneurial interest.

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